Non-Accredited University Degree Scam
Date: 5 October 2006
From: "DAVE BAUMGART" <BROOKESDAD36@CS.COM>
Subject: Job hunting without the needed Degree?
This is a correctly formatted carbon copy of the example below, placed in an image. This e-mail was sent only a week after the aforementioned example, so we guess the spammer gave up HTML coding and tried the method of putting the text in an image.
Date: 28 September 2006
From: "cppoflj" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Obtain the career you have always wanted with the University Degree you deserve. 2NbdcYDaGH1MZ
Almost every trick in the book was used in this e-mail in an attempt to bypass the spam filters (or the spammer didn't know how to code properly with HTML).
- "University" is spelled as "Univers1ty"
- The hash buster text is really overdone with two rows of random character sequences, excessive use of line breaks and the block of hash busting text at the end combined with a random set of characters. There is even hash buster text in the subject line.
- All the text was supposed to be aligned in the middle, but the spammer used the attribute "@lign" instead of "align". Clearly some kind of spam filter fooling technique.
- The hash buster text in bold should have been plain text because the spammer typed a "<BR>" tag as "<B R>".
- The source code also contained several invalid HTML tags like "<acq></acq>", "<acy></acy>", "<acf></acf>" and other variations of the tag starting with "ac" followed by a random third letter.
Take another good look at the example above. Noticed the phrase "NON-ACCREDITED"? What's the use of a non-accredited degree or diploma, you will pay money for something that's completely useless.